Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stone, Iron, And Wood

The main gates at Parliament Hill are only opened for ceremonial arrivals; pedestrians can access on either side. It does make for a pleasant way to frame Centre Block. Though you have to be taking this shot on a quiet day- I was standing on Wellington Street.

And the ironwork itself is good to use for framing the Peace Tower.

Along the west side of Centre Block, this door in an arched entrance is an entry for Members of Parliament.

I like the pattern of the metal against the wood.

Above the doors, the stonemasons have left one of their peculiar faces in the carvings.

This view is from the west side of the entrance, taking in the arch around it, and also framing the bottom of the Peace Tower beyond it.


  1. Love the ironwork with the clock tower behind it!

  2. Great views! And that face is amazing.

  3. Gorgeous details! Love the ironwork gate and door details.

    Love the face! In Medieval days, they were meant to scare people into being good Christians or tell stories. I wonder what the story is here!

  4. A civic cathedral! A great building

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= <3

  5. Beautiful architectural detail here!

  6. My gosh, you see a lot of neat things.

  7. Very neat place. Do like the gate and building but I think the headstop is the best

  8. I agree with, Mo. Exceptional iron work!

  9. Nice serie with beautiful details. The second photo is my favourite today because of the great point of view.

  10. I enjoyed every one of these detailed images William, but the arch in the final shot.. j'adore!

  11. Love the photo of the iron door framing the clockwork - great job!

  12. @Greensboro: that gate certainly impresses.

    @Marleen: I'm always on the lookout for that kind of thing.

    @Ciel: only the original stonemason would know!

    @Cloudia: thank you.

    @Tomas: thanks!

    @Linda: I think so!

    @Whisk: I keep an eye out!

  13. @Bill: I seem to always find something new when I come here.

    @Mo: whoever did it were craftsmen.

    @Revrunner: the amount of time to do it must be a lot.

    @Jan: thank you!

    @Grace: one can never get tired of arches.

    @Carla: thank you!

  14. What a great set of images William! Love the details.

  15. That face in the fifth photo...looks like Rob Ford!

  16. Those gates are beautiful but, oh those door hinges! They are fantastic.

  17. Some really interesting and beautiful details!

  18. Charming pics! Love the geometry.

  19. @Luis: thank you.

    @Tex: thanks!

    @Norma: now that you mention it... yes!

    @Sharon: I liked the details on the doors.

    @VP: thanks!

    @Tanya: there's no end of the finer details.

    @Linda: so did I.

  20. Super shots! I especially love the carved face.

  21. Nice work and I love your framing perspective. That carved face is my favorite!

  22. I especially love that second shot! Perfectly framed!!

  23. For some reason, ironwork always reminds me of New Orleans. Love the ugly guy in the stone!

  24. The details are awesome. They don't make them like that anymore.

  25. It's so beautiful! Have you gone up lately?

  26. I love these shots! The gate shots are wonderful. I've seen some ornate hinges, but nothing quite like these. And the stonemasons did a beautiful job, too. Very nice!

  27. @Jackie: whoever carved it must have had a story to tell...

    @RedPat: thank you.

    @Jose: thank you!

    @Bill: that carved face is getting some attention!

    @Lauren: thanks!

    @Cheryl: I'll have to take your word, since I've never been to the Big Easy.

    @Judy: they certainly do not.

    @Halcyon: I've passed by since Canada Day, but haven't been up since. I have some more subjects to photograph from up there.

    @Kay: thanks!

  28. wow, love the details. those curly q's. neat times!! ( :

  29. Wonderful classical details today, William. I love gates and door hinges like that.

    At the college I attended, there are some ornate gates at the main entrance, which are opened only twice a year, once to admit the new students and once to let the graduates depart. I always loved that tradition.

  30. The craftsmanship in the iron and stone is incrdible!

  31. Beautiful details, I like especially the 2nd photo.

  32. That round gargoyle face is wonderful...

  33. @Meradeth: so do I.

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Jack: a good tradition.

    @Stuart: that's true.

    @EG: indeed.

    @Karl: thanks!

    @Anonymous: it is.